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The Reed Diaries: 10 days of Twitter at Liverpool #LivUni10DoT. For quite some time I've been interested in running the 10 Days of Twitter course at Liverpool, and I've finally got off my backside to organise it. We'll be starting #LivUni10DoT on Monday 16th March and using a dedicated wordpress site - #10DoT was the brainchild of Helen Webster (@scholastic_rat) and as she demonstrates on her site, has had various iterations run at institutions all over the place.

In particular, I've been impressed with the latest iteration and updates run at York St. John University - #YSJ10DoT. As Helen licensed the course using Creative Commons, she's more than happy for people to run it themselves. If you want to follow along with us at Liverpool, feel free to get involved. In getting this together, two key things have come to mind: Lots to get to grips with, but in the meantime have a look at our #LivUni10DoT course.

ALISON | technologies. eLearning Tools-Resources-etc. Web Accessibility for Designers. The focus of web accessibility is often on web development – the things that happen in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript after a site has been designed visually. Optimal accessibility should start much earlier, as part of the visual design process. We have created an infographic that highlights a few important principles of accessible design. Text Version Plan Heading Structure Early Ensure all content and design fits into a logical heading structure. Consider Reading Order The reading order should be the same as the visual order. Provide Good Contrast Be especially careful with light shades of gray, orange, and yellow. Use True Text Whenever Possible True text enlarges better, loads faster, and is easier to translate. Watch the Use of CAPS All caps can be difficult to read and can be read incorrectly by screen readers.

Use Adequate Font Size Font size can vary based on the font chosen, but 10 point is usually a minimum. Remember Line Length Don't make it too long or too short. Design Link Focus Indicators. Vital | Transforming lessons, inspiring learning. The 60-Second Guide To Digital Classrooms. » The Flipped (or Social) Webinar Learning in the Social Workplace. You have probably heard about The Flipped Classroom where the traditional classroom model has been flipped on its head, so that students watch videos as homework and then apply the concepts in the classroom. If you haven’t, Dan Pink explains it in his piece in The Telegraph, Flip Thinking – the new buzz word sweeping the US: “During class time, the teacher will stand at the front of the room and hold forth on the day’s topic.

Then, as the period ends, he or she will give students a clutch of work to do at home. Lectures in the day, homework at night. It was ever thus and ever shall be.” However, instead of lecturing about polynomials and exponents during class time – and then giving his young charges 30 problems to work on at home – Karl Fisch has flipped the sequence. It seems to me we often waste the opportunity of bringing people together by lecturing/presenting at them, rather than using the time more for discussion and collaboration or even experimentation and problem solving.

The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg) InShare117 The majority of the value-creation activities in an enterprise are hidden. They happen below the surface. What we see when we think of collaboration in the traditional sense (structured team-based collaboration) is the tip of the iceberg – teams who are coordinating their actions to achieve some goal. We don’t see - and thus don’t recognize - all the activities which have enabled the team to form and which help them throughout their journey.

We see the people in the team, how they coordinate their actions and the results of their actions, but we rarely see the other things which have been critical for their success. For example, we don’t see how they have used their personal networks to access knowledge, information and skills which they don’t have in their team already but which are instrumental for their success. The layers which are below the surface are usually not recognized or valued.

SideVibe. See What the Web’s Largest Websites Looked Like When Launched [Images] Reading level: accessibility for web writers, part 15 | 4 Syllables. Writing clearly is an important web writing skill. Unfortunately a lot of web content is unnecessarily dense and complex, making it difficult to read. This is often the case on large sites where providing information to users appears to be the site’s main purpose. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 suggest we write content that requires reading skills no more advanced than lower secondary education level (roughly 9 years of education). This is to help people with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia. Measuring reading level Readability tests were developed to measure reading level. Two readability testing tools are built into Microsoft Word: Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.

If you don’t have Word, you’ll find a range of readability testing tools on the web. To meet the accessibility guidelines, your content should have a Flesch Reading Ease score over 50, or a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level below grade 10. Example readability test Readability test results. PeerWise - Collaborative student learning. Only five percent of council websites receive top rating by Socitm | ePick & eMix. O2 learn - Home. Now That’s How You do a Presentation. Create interactive cloze texts. For many years now I've known lots of teachers who get really enthusiastic about creating interactive activities with tools like Hot Potatoes. This is great but can be quite time consuming to learn and you need to find somewhere to put your activities online once you have created them. Learnclick is a very good alternative that can help to make this process quicker and easier. First you simply go to the Learnclick website and click on 'Create a Cloze Test'.

Once you have done this you simply type in the title of your text and either type in or copy paste in the text that you want to work with (I've chosen a short story from Andrew Wright's marvelous blog). Next you select a word that you want to take out of the text and then click on 'Create Gap Word'. The selected word will go blue and should look a little like a hyperlink. You then click on 'Add a Hint' and you will be able to add a clue to help the student. You will need to go through the entire text adding your gaps and hints. Best. How to tie your shoes. How To Tell HTML From HTML5 | MakeUseOf Geeky Fun. Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms. One of the reasons this debate exists is because there is no true definition of what “flipped learning” is. Over the past few years, the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir.

Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations. While the debate goes on, the concept of Flipped Learning is not entirely new. Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University has been researching this type of learning since the early ’90s, and other educators have been applying pieces of the Flipped Learning method for even longer.

It’s our opinion that one of the reasons this debate exists is because there is no true definition of what Flipped Learning is. Dr. Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools. Education for a Sustainable Future. Develop online learning to your institution’s competitive advantage. Create Online Forums For Free | technologies. Coursekit | technologies. ClassConnect | Find, build and share lessons | technologies. Blended Learning. A Free Tool & Free Graphics to Simplify Your E-Learning Course Design » The Rapid eLearning Blog | technologies. 5 Effective Communication Tips for Designers. Communication plays a vital role in the professional life of a designer. There are, however, two types of communications that a designer carries out.

The first refers to the type when a designer communicates with its audience via his designs. Such is called the ‘aesthetic communication‘ and is carried out in a very subtle, indirect and artistic manner. However, the second type concerns the communication which a professional designer carries out while dealing with professional matters. This type of communication is termed as ‘professional communication‘ and is more direct, complex and verbal. (Image source: Fotolia) According to my observation, designers throughout the world pay much heed to their aesthetic communication skills and efficiently engage themselves in improving and refining this ability.

Medium Matters Much In a communication string, medium matters much. (Image source: Fotolia) I would also suggest to keep your personal contact information separate from the professional one. 4 Big Ideas. 3 Ways the Internet Is Changing Education Right Now. The Internet has had a massive effect on all aspects of human life and interactions since its inception. The world has shrunk considerably and the speed of life has increased dramatically.

But one specific aspect that the internet has had an enormous effect on is education. It’s changing education for good and for the good of all. Democratizing Education The internet is bringing education to almost all corners of the planet and leveling the playing field. With the same content available regardless of geographic location, there is less of a gap in education across the world. While countries that lack technological infrastructure and political stability are still at a disadvantage, the gap is closing nonetheless. Lowered Costs Once the technological infrastructure is in place, the internet means lowered education costs across the board. Improved Learning Not only can the internet provide education to more people at a lower cost, it can also offer better quality. 10 Online HTML5 Tools For Web Designers | Tools | technologies.

10-20-30 Presentation Rule. What is Presentation Zen? 9-min intro at Apple Store Japan, Feb '08. Website testing strategy.